POSTED: June 16th 2016

Olympics: Paris 2024 bid launches Environmental Excellence Committee to support sustainability efforts

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MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) An Environmental Excellence Committee has been launched by the Paris 2024 Bid Committee to further strengthen their commitment to sustainable development and green initiatives.

"We are delighted to launch the Paris 2024 Environmental Excellence Committee which further underlines the bid's commitment to sustainability and environmental best practice. As our bid continues to develop, we are looking forward to receiving input and recommendations from the committee which is made up of highly qualified individuals in this field," expressed Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet.

The Environmental Excellence Committee is chaired by President of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) France, Isabelle Autissier. The Committee is made up of 24 highly qualified individuals, which include entrepreneurs, athletes, NGO representatives, and scientists. They will meet quarterly until the end of the bid campaign in September 2017. The formation of the committee follows Paris 2024's announcement of their strategic partnership with the WWF France to ensure that proper and best sustainability practices are implemented into the city's Games Plan.

Paris 2024 Environmental Excellence Committee President, Isabelle Autissier stated, "Our mission is to ensure that the environmental ambition of the Paris 2024 bid is translated into concrete actions and I'm delighted that we can draw on the experience and knowledge of such a strong committee as we aim to make the Paris 2024 Games a sustainable model and a blueprint for future major sporting events."

The first meeting took place in Paris today and they confirmed that work is currently underway in procuring the ISO 20121 sustainability certificate, which is a best-practice standard developed for large events. It has been obtained by various major sports events. The Committee is looking to also obtain the certificate by the end of this year and if they are successful, it will make Paris 2024 the first bid city to have done so.

"The newly formed Paris 2024 Environmental Excellence Committee has an important role to play in shaping the bid vision to ensure best practices in sustainable development are met. We are delighted to get to work and our ambition to become the first Olympic bid in history to hold the ISO 20121 certificate highlights our commitment to deliver a green and sustainable Games," commented President Autissier.

In addition, Official Partner of Paris 2024, Groupe Caisse des Depots has announced they will provide funds towards the bid's green initiatives and sustainable development projects to reduce the bid's overall carbon footprint.

These announcements promote Paris 2024's steadfast commitment to environmental matters in every aspect of their bid for the Olympic Games.

Estanguet concluded, "Sustainable development has been at the heart of our campaign since the very beginning. A major clean-up of the River Seine and plans for the proposed Olympic and Media Villages to be converted into a new Eco-City with 5,000 homes for local people after the Games are fine examples of our pioneering vision and our ambition to deliver a sustainable legacy for all Parisians."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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